If you are selling or renting a house in the UK. You’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). To get an EPC, a qualified assessor needs to complete a brief inspection of the property. You’ve booked your EPC, but what does the EPC assessor do during the inspection. We’ll look at all the areas the assessment will cover and what you need to do to prepare.
Table of Contents
- Booking an EPC Assessment
- The EPC Assessment
- How to Prepare for an EPC
- Finding Your New EPC Certificate
Booking an EPC Assessment
Step one is booking an EPC. If you’re in the North West, give us a call on 01925 699 321 and we’ll arrange an appointment that’s convenient for you. Alternatively, you can find your local EPC assessor using the government’s EPC assessor register.
When your EPC assessor arrives, they’ll complete a quick survey of your property. Usually the first task is getting a good understanding of the layout of your home and sketching a rough floor plan. They’ll measure the dimensions and make notes about things such as radiators, light bulbs and window types.
Next, they’ll need to take a more in depth look at your home. When we complete an EPC assessment this is a list of things that we look at:
- External wall thickness and check for insulation
- Floor types and check for insulation
- Loft insulation type and thickness
- Heating systems like boilers, electric radiators and fires.
- How the heating is controlled. i.e. Thermostat, programmer, TRVs
- Hot water systems such as immersion cylinders.
- Renewable systems like solar panels or solar water heating.
With this information your EPC assessor can input into software called RDSAP (Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure) and generate an EPC certificate. Take note, your assessor will need to see all these things and gather evidence. They cannot take a home owners word, for example, that the loft has 270mm of loft insulation. They’ll need to see, measure and photograph it themselves.
The EPC assessment will take 30-45 minutes to complete from start to finish in most cases.
How to Prepare for an EPC
Information is the most important way a home owner can prepare for an EPC. If you’ve had an extension added to your home, having planning permission or building control sign off can help the assessor accurately date the construction. Have you had energy saving upgrades added to your home like cavity wall insulation or new double glazing? If you have the specification to hand this can only improve your EPC rating.
Additionally, making sure that your EPC assessor can access every area of your home is necessary. We’ll need to pop our heads in every room including loft spaces and basements. We’ll need to see boilers, cylinders and meters too. Making sure that any cupboards containing these services are empty is really helpful.
Finding Your New EPC Certificate
Once the EPC survey is complete, your assessor will update the central register with you new certificate. In most cases this is done before the assessor leaves your home. On the rare occasion, it can take a little longer. You’ll be able to find your certificate on the central register of EPCs.
Your new EPC will be valid for ten years!
Ready to get your new EPC Certificate? Give us a call on 01925 699 321 and we’ll book your assessment at a time that suits you.